Soul Eater Boxset Three
(See previous posts for reviews on Part 1 &2)
Time for the third Soul Eater English Box Set Review! I got my copy a week before it’s release (which is tomorrow, June 1, 2010) and I decided to share with you my opinion about the third installment of this kick ass series.
Continuing from the second box set, Part three is beginning of a new story and a new set of problems for the DWMA (Death Weapon Meister Academy).
Other than finding the Kishin Asura, they have problems with a new awaken witch, Arachne, who is the founder and leader of the malevolent organization, Arachnophobia. And the return of the sneaky witch Medusa. Old rivals made their return, like Mifune the Samurai. Also, the seven characters of the group have to team up in a Resonance Link in order to beat the opponents that head their way. However, a few members of the team are not cooperating, thus causing more problems within their small circle.
Cover of Disc 1
Along with new opponents and obstacles, secrets about the Academy and the Grim Reaper slowly take light, having a few characters try to reveal the truth about the academy and the mysteries Lord Death.
Death the Kid and his partners, Liz and Patti Thompson, try to solve the mystery of his father’s past. Finding out who Eibon really is and the connection the Weapon Mage has with his father. Whether it is by researching through the academy library or snooping around and asking academy staff and meister about it, he will stop at nothing to finding an answer.
As Kid continues to investigate, he soon looses his trust in his father, who doesn’t answer his questions.
Cover of Disc 2
In the previous box set, Crona has joined the DWMA and has become friends with Maka and the rest of the characters, despite the previous actions Crona has made in the past. He adjusts to his new life, along with his partner Ragnorak, and becomes really good friends with Maka Albarn.
Though, Crona’s happiness was soon cut short as the resurrected witch and his mother, Medusa, asked her to continue to spy for her and try to sabotage the DWMA from the inside. Where she lurks in the restricted section of the academy. Also, planting a listening device in Marie, by pouring one of Medusa’s snakes in her tea. There, when Marie resonates with Stein, the insanity within him increases, immobilizing Stein.
Torn between Crona’s friendship with Maka and his mother’s wishes, he continues to struggle between what’s right and wrong and realizes that he doesn’t want to hurt Maka or the others if she stayed in Death City. He runs away from his new home and life. Soon, Maka went after Crona and confront him. Where he confesses to Maka the things he had done.
Liz & Patti Bonus Sticker
Lastly, Black Star was having hard time mastering the Enchanted Sword. The more he uses Tsubaki’s new form, the more she eats away at his soul. Black Star encounters an old opponent, Mifune. With a disappointed loss and a few words of advice from the sword master, Black Star confronts the other being within Tsubaki. Like the previous welders before him, he also has darkness in his soul and a soul of a demon. Later on in the box set, his father, White Star, was also a demon.
After that, Black Star and the other meisters battle it out for a demonic tool, Brew/Tempest on Lost Island. Though, his side won the battle, they lost because they did not complete the mission of inquiring the demon tool. Thus, he failed.
The inside cover of Disc One
Black Star’s attitude changed and he soon engages in fights with his peers. One in particular was Death the Kid, since he is the son of Lord Death and a Grim Reaper, Black Star wants to beat him and finally surpassed god. That’s if he could beat him.
By damaging the school, he pisses off Kid and makes him fight Black Star in a duel. Black Star wants Kid to fight him at full strength, however, Kid refuses to hurt him intentionally in a petty duel. As the fight continues, Kid finally gave what Black Star wanted. Soon, Kid knocked some sense back into Black Star.
Inside Cover of Disc 2
The box set includes an episode 30 commentary featuring Todd Haberkorn as Death the Kid, Jamie Marchi as Liz Thompson and Cherami Leigh as Patti Thompson. Textless Intro/Outro and finally the Late Nigh Show for episodes 27-39.
The voice talent in these episodes are good, but not as good as the previous box set. Maka, Crona, Thompson sisters, Tsubaki, Soul and Kid haven’t change in my opinion. What about Black Star? Brittney is doing a great job. However, I do have a few problems that I will address later on.
Disc One Back Cover
First off, Arachne’s voice in the English Dub needs getting use to. I don’t have a problem with her voice, it’s just that if you are used to watching the Japanese Dub, it’ll be hard to listen to her low, sexy voice. I eventually got use to her voice after watching the box set a second time. For others, especially those who love the Japanese Dub, I warn you and brace yourself for Arachne. It isn’t bad. Keep your mind open as you watch through the box set.
Brittney Karbowski performance as Black Star had many mix reviews from fans. In Black Star’s debut episode, his voice was too feminine, shadowing the great acting Karbowski had established. Later on, Black Star’s voice became lower and soon Karbowski’s acting matched this overzealous character pretty well. I was iffy at first with Brittney, but I soon learned to love her as Black Star. In the previous box set, she did a wonderful job and there was no mistake with this box set. Except for episode 38 titled Asura’s Temptation-The Big Man’s Uncontrollable Irritation?.
Disc Two Back Cover
I hate to compare the two actresses that voice the Demon Tool Assassin, but in this case I have to. Kobayashi is the Japanese Seiyuu for Black Star and she is the only cast member from the Drama CDs casted into the anime. Her performance in episode 38 was flawless by showcasing so much emotion. The struggles Black Star has with himself, as he tries to figure out what is right and wrong. Why was he defeated so easily? Kobayashi brought that in this episode.
Now for Karbowski’s critic on this episode. I didn’t feel that she gave it her all. She sounded as if she was simply reading the lines of any Black Star moment. This particular episode is different from most Black Star Episodes as this is Black Star’s moment of finally growing up and accepting defeat. By doing so, he needs to find a way of getting stronger again. Personally, I didn’t believe Karbowski gave it her all. I knew she had more in her for this episode and I hope in the next box set, she’ll redeem herself again.
Other additional notes I would like to point out is the special features. The new opening appears in episode 31 in the first disc, however, they never included the textless opening for the second intro in the special features.
Also, the use of ‘Demon Hunter’ for Maka’s new move was drop as it was replace with ‘Genie Hunter.’ This bothered me a bit, but it’s not a big deal.
A Tip: Watch with an open mind. Many of you didn’t like it when the anime strayed off from the manga and many of you don’t even like the English dub. If you watch with an open mind, you will enjoy this box set as much as the previous two.
The final Soul Eater Box Set will be released July 27, 2010 by FUNimation
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